The Blonds’ show starts before the lights go down. In line down in the lobby of Milk Studios is where the show starts, when the guests preen and pose for selfies as a warmup of sorts before milling around the runway itself, doing much of the same. Upstairs in the middle of the runway, a trio of nipped and tucked blondes with red lipstick and the 50s as an inspiration point smile, kiss and gab for the cameras flashing around them. Miss J, Jay Alexander and Richard Verdi chat not far away -- possibly about the guest they spotted in the elevator on the way up with his metal gold mask and oversized black handbag that Verdi said "makes it more sensitive." The show had indeed started.
But then of course the designs of Phillipe and David Blond finally hit the runway, with Phillipe leading the way as the show's opener. The show was heavy on the leotards and Catholic embellishment, eliciting a long, drawled "Yaaaaasssss" from an effusing Lady Bunny, who -- blonde oversized wig in tow -- was sitting front row. It was a stunner of the collection with detailing all the way down to the fingernails which came lengthened with everything from tassels to plastic flowers tacked onto them, mimicking the looks they were paired with.
Those Catholic inspirations dovetailed with a genie storyline. It was a bit more “Genie In A Bottle” than I Dream of Genie but to rub a crowd like Carmen Electra and Paris Hilton the right way, it was necessary. And while it wasn't the everyday collection for most -- with its 90s influenced oversized gold earrings as well as larger than life hair styles, both touting the brand's name -- for this crowd, it's practically sportswear.